Each week I have the privilege of visiting and preaching in a nursing home. There is a number one reason for doing this. That is to be encouraging to the residents that it won't be long before their suffering is behind them forever. There is one lady in particular who is a special blessing to me. Her name is Joanie. She is only 50 years old, but she has been there for over thirty years. She was in a car accident that made her unable to walk and speak. She communicates with an alphabet board on her wheelchair, pointing to letters to spell out her message. Her parting words are usually, "wear your seatbelt". Joanie is saved and she is the most vocal person in the room of usually over forty attendees. We sing, to an organ, the old time hymns that never grow old. Then we preach between hymns. You can see and often hear that many of these dear older Christians would love to have just one more opportunity to tell someone about our Savior. Many of them are reduced to prayer only, which of course is wonderful in itself, but they would love to recover some freedom to proclaim the Gospel.
Just last week one of our church members led a nursing home resident to the Lord after one of our services. A lady who is probably in her eighties or older will now go home to a better country. If you get a chance to pray for the old folks who are forgotten and abandoned, I'm sure that if they could, they would thank you with all their hearts.
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